With this past week of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the blessing of having school continue with proven effective, face-to-face instruction. As we prepare to celebrate the birth and immense gift of Jesus during the Christmas season, I am happy to share the accomplishments of our students and staff.
Of course, we are so proud of our 2020 state champion volleyball team. I am also happy to announce that we will be offering a brand new College Credit Plus course in communications and speech for the second semester.
The Mercy Health Foundation has provided both our buildings with Stop The Bleed Stations and we thank them for the gift. We also received Ready, Set, Go Buckets for every classroom through the 2020 Leadership Seneca County team. We continue to be blessed by the support of the people of this community, and our students make every effort to return those blessings through many service projects. Some of those are collecting canned foods, collecting clothing, participating in the shoebox project, and other worthy works of mercy.
Teachers have been implementing Ortin Gillingham principles with our elementary students. This extremely effective teaching process incorporates multi-sensory learning strategies for more effective reading skills. As they learn the connections between letters and sounds, students’ ability to decode words and improve syllabication increases their reading accuracy.
Certificates of completion were awarded to sixth-graders at an assembly on November 23rd for part one of the Badging Program. Student speakers Cameron Lucius, son of Ryan and Jessica Lucius from Fostoria, and Bella Steyer, daughter of Mike and Samantha Steyer, spoke about how this class helped them learn time management, note-taking, studying skills, health, safety, and household responsibilities to actively contribute to their families and communities. These essential learning tools enrich independent thinking and decision-making techniques, improving their academic success. The class is provided over 3 years through a partnership with Tiffin University. Year two will focus on self-awareness and conflict resolution, and year three emphasizes communication.
On the business side, the 52 Club sale started and tickets are available at the school and parish offices. The Annual Fund letter will be sent out in December, and the delicious and successful cookie sale is scheduled for February. Alumni can expect their news updates in the Calvert School and Alumni magazine in early January.
I send you wishes for a very Merry Christmas. May God keep you healthy and safe during the holidays and always,
Dr. Jeremy Marinis